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Buck rub? Or what?

My buddy called yesterday and said he saw a buck rub like he's never seen -- the trunk is scratched higher than he can reach. So, today we took a hike to the place. I took along my camera and a tape measure. The tape in the picture is extended 95 inches (one inch short of 8 feet!) and is hooked on the highest mark.

It definitely looks like a buck rub, and we could see some shavings on the ground. But is there any buck that can reach 8 feet high? If this were elk country, maybe. But not a whitetail -- even if he had his front feet off the ground.

So, I looked more closely. Telling by the slivers of bark that were showing, it's clear that the scratch marks were made in a downward motion -- not like tine marks. Although there weren't many parallel scratches -- like claws beside one another would make -- I think this was made by a bear.

Why would a bear scratch a tree like that? (I think it's a striped maple.) Maybe a buck rubbed it first, which caught the bear's attention and he worked it over some more. Or, he's just doing what bears do.

It's enough to make a guy go get a bear tag. I'll be hunting deer here. (It's in NY.) Our group got one bear in this area already, and we know there are more bears here.

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Maybe the buck was standing on its hind feet

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I saw one like that as well this psat weekend I assessed it for a while rubbed from the bottom to 6 ft. up never saw one that massive before until now. Also there are no bear in the area mine is in. I almost thought it was another hunter playing a joke cause it is on public land. But there are clearly tine marks on it.
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if it was 6 ft up and no bear, then thats one massive buck. or a bigfoot. they've been known to do that too.

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Maybe the buck was standing on its hind feet
I hang my bucks head down in the garage. The rafters supporting the gambrel are 8' high. The deer's back feet don't quite reach the rafters. Their antlers are still about 2 feet from the floor. I don't think it's possible for a deer to do that -- especially with all the scratch marks made in a downward motion. (Tine marks would be made in an upward motion.)

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Steve please send me the coordinates so I can go check this rub out next Monday...

I am assuming Warren county or southern NY? Can we rule out elk that quickly? They are showing up in some strange places lately.




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if it was 6 ft up and no bear, then thats one massive buck. or a bigfoot. they've been known to do that too.
Yeah idk like I said never saw one like that. There are no bear in this area on kutztown that I know for a fact. I would love to put a camera there but that will grow legs without a doubt. As far as bigboot ummmm yea just much as the mountain lion.
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Steve please send me the coordinates so I can go check this rub out next Monday...

I am assuming Warren county or southern NY? Can we rule out elk that quickly? They are showing up in some strange places lately.
John, you don't have to assume anything. I said in the OP it was in NY. It's actually less than a mile from the NY/Warren County, PA border.

I think it's as unlikely to be an elk as it is a whitetail. My money is on a bear, and hopefully my crosshairs are on him Saturday.

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Porcupine are known to chew the bark off of trees and the
claws would leave a mark on the tree. Could be what did it.

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Call the bigfoot hunters. it could have been an elk. Who knows if someone had some in a pen and they got out. My money is on a large bear.
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